Red Tip Photinia (P. fraseri) – A good evergreen hedge plant. Great for blocking the neighbor’s view or as a privacy windbreak wall. If left alone they will grow up to 12 ft. tall and about 8 ft. wide.
Red Tip Photinias are good shrubs for landscaping especially in the southwest. They can tolerate the heat providing the receive lots of water. Every other day during the summer heat. These plants will produce a large pale white flower during the spring seasons. They grow fast providing you water often. It is not a drought-tolerant plant as it needs regular watering even after it has become well established.
You can reduce watering times after the fourth season of being planted. 15 minutes every other day during the hot summer months is good.
Red Tip Photinia as a hedge in the Southwest
For a nice looking formal hedge appearance prune Red Tip Photinia during the winter season. Fertilize about 3 times per year. Once in spring, summer, and fall. It is a good border plant to keep neighbors away. Here is a post on – How to block neighbors’ view of my yard.
The Photinia Flower
Problems with this plant? It is susceptible to powdery mildew and leaf spot. Use a good drip system to water at the base of the plant. Avoid sprinkler watering from above. Water in the early morning hours this will help water dry out before nightfall.
At the first hint of powdery mildew or leaf spot spray with a fungicide until symptoms are gone.
Here is another site with helpful information on Photinias.
Learn more about Powdery Mildew at Insects diseases on Plants.
You can also use this plant as a stand-alone shrub perfect for that corner space. it can be trimmed from the bottom and used as a small formal patio tree.
Other evergreen plants that do well in the Southwest.
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